5 Hear this, you priests! Pay attention, house of Israel! Listen, you of the house of the king! For the judgment applies to you, Because you have been a trap at Mizpah, And a net spread out on Tabor. 2 And the rebels have gone deep in [a]depravity, But I will discipline all of them. 3 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from Me; Because now, Ephraim, you have been unfaithful, Israel has defiled itself. 4 Their deeds will not allow them To return to their God. For a spirit of [b]infidelity is within them, And they do not know the Lord. 5 Moreover, the pride of Israel testifies against him, And Israel and Ephraim stumble in their wrongdoing; Judah also has stumbled with them. 6 They will go with their flocks and herds To seek the Lord, but they will not find Him; He has withdrawn from them. 7 They have dealt treacherously with the Lord, For they have given birth to [c]illegitimate children. Now the new moon will devour them with their [d]land.
8 Blow the horn in Gibeah, And the trumpet in Ramah. Sound an alarm at Beth-aven: “Behind you, Benjamin!” 9 Ephraim will become a desolation in the day of rebuke; Among the tribes of Israel I make known what is trustworthy. 10 The leaders of Judah have become like those who displace a boundary marker; On them I will pour out My anger like water. 11 Ephraim is oppressed, broken by judgment, Because he was determined to follow [e]man’s command. 12 Therefore I am like a moth to Ephraim, And like rottenness to the house of Judah. 13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, And Judah his [f]sore, Ephraim then went to Assyria And sent word to [g]King Jareb. But he is unable to heal you, Or to cure you of your [h]sore. 14 For I will belike a lion to Ephraim And like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, yes I, will tear to pieces and go away, I will carry away, and there will be no one to rescue. 15 I will go away and return to My place Until they [i]acknowledge their guilt and seek My face; In their distress they will search for Me.
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